The actor Clive Dunn, who was best known for his portrayal of the eccentric Corporal Jones in the BBC sitcom Dad’s Army, has died aged 92.
He was in Portugal and passed away from complications following an operation earlier this week.
Dunn was born in London in 1920 and began acting in small film roles in the 1930s, appearing in two films with Will Hay before the Second World War.
After serving with the 4th Queens Own Hussars during the conflict, Dunn returned to the world of entertainment and began acting in TV comedies like Hancock’s Half Hour before landing the part of Jack Jones in Dad’s Army in 1968.
Known for his catchphrases “don’t panic, don’t panic” and “they don’t like it up ‘em,” the then 48-year-old Dunn’s performance as the doddering old war veteran was a hit with the public and he remained with Dad’s Army for nine series until the show came to an end in 1977.
Following the finale of Dad’s Army, Dunn was made an OBE and he began playing similar elderly characters on TV in programmes like My Old Man and the children’s series Grandad.
In addition to his work on TV Dunn released several singles during his lifetime, the best known of which was Grandad, a song written by session bass player Herbie Flowers that spent three weeks at #1 in the UK singles chart in January 1971.
Following the cancellation of the Grandad TV series in 1984, Dunn retired to Portugal.
He is survived by his wife Priscilla Morgan and two daughters, Jessica and Polly.